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Richard Cruz, 85, was born on April 11, 1932 and went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 13, 2017. He served our country during the Korean War as a Marine. He opened and ran his own business, Richard's Dental Lab as a dental technician for 43 years until he retired in 2013. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Mary Lou Valdez Cruz, sisters Mary Bali, Susie Cruz, Katy Diaz, Elida Juarez and brother Raymod Cruz. He is survived by his sister Eva Nunez and adoring nieces and nephews. Loving and missing him greatly include his children, Theresa Cruz Weaks and husband William B. Weaks, Richard Lee Cruz and wife Hope M. Cruz, David Cruz and wife Isabel Cruz, Lisa Cruz Young and husband Frank Young Jr. Grandchildren are Tracy Perez and husband Thaddeus Perez, Jenny Alvarez and Robert Mitchke, Leah Alvarez, Lindsey Alvarez, Richard R. Cruz and wife Ariette Cruz, Keith Cruz, Adrian P. Cruz, Victoria Enciso and husband Rodrigo, Vivienne Devora and husband Albert, Michael Aguirre, Jason Aguirre, Erin Young and preceded in death by David L. Cruz. Great-grandchildren are Thaddeus J. Perez II, Angelique Cruz, David J. Cruz, Richard Desidario Cruz, Matthew A. Cruz and Ethan A. Devora.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 20, 5:00pm to 8:00pm at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038. A funeral service will be held Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00am with a committal service to follow to the Houston National Cemetery.